Source: BMC Public Health, 2012; 12: 873
Date of publication: October 2012
Publication Type: Commentary
In a nutshell: The efficacy and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines in people of all ages are lower than believed and widely questionated among health operators and lay people worldwide. The majority of countries continues to apply World Health Organization recommendations that suggest vaccinating only children older than 6 months of age, and with certain chronic coexisting conditions. Based on scant evidence of efficacy any attempt to suggest immunizing infants less than 6 months of age against seasonal influenza would be arbitrary and unethical.
Length of publication: 9 page commentary